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Later from the North.

New York papers of the 27th are received, but contain little of importance. Capt. Garnett, of the Confederate army, who was imprisoned in the old Capitol at Washington, has been released on parole in view of his ill-health. A riot had taken place in the Empire Brigade, at New York, because the troops did not receive the promised bounties.--Fresh troops are arriving at Fortress Monroe. The Hartford (Ct.) Post asserts, on ‘"direct and reliable information,"’ that McClellan is going to resign.--The New York Times, of the 27th, announces the death of Gen. Bohlen, of Philadelphia, who was killed on Saturday, the 23d, by a ‘"rebel shell,"’ near the Rappahannock. The same paper has the following ‘"situation"’ article:

We gather from various sources a variety of interesting information from our armies in Virginia — all of it, we are glad to say, of an encouraging character. Passengers from Virginia, who reached Washington yesterday, report that there was an engagement at Warrenton on Monday, in which our forces were successful, having driven the enemy out of the town. We infer from this that the rebels have been making strenuous efforts to turn our right flank, as Warrenton is some distance this side of the Rappahannock. Our dispatch further states, however, that the rebel forces which have been engaged in the recent skirmishes are mainly cavalry, and it is probable that the force at Warrenton was of this character, and was not very formidable.--Heavy rain occurred on Friday afternoon and night, and continued through Saturday in the vicinity of the Upper Rappahannock. This swelled the river so as to make it unfordable below the mountains back of Warrenton, and of course put an end to all efforts of the rebel army to cross until the river shall again fall. There was artillery firing, nevertheless, at nearly all the fords throughout Saturday and Sunday, but with results which have not been deemed worthy of reporting. There is a rumor the rebels have been moving a heavy force in the direction of Luray, to operate in the Shenandoah Valley, but no doubt General Pope has taken measures to guard against any disaster in that direction.

The rebels have tried their hand at recapturing Fort Donelson; but have failed. The fort, garrisoned by four companies of the 71st Ohio regiment, under command of Major Nab, was attacked on Monday by the force of rebels under Col. Woodward--the same which captured Clarksville — but the Ohio boys repulsed the assailants, killing and wounding thirty of them. The rebel force consisted of 450 infantry, 335 cavalry, and two pieces of artillery.

News from Memphis, which we publish this morning, renders it probable that Breckinridge has though better of his intention to make a second attack on Baton Rouge. It is stated that he is moving his entire army up to Senatobia, on the New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern Railroad, about 42 miles below Memphis, and that his cavalry are scouring Northern Mississippi.

A letter to the Cincinnati Commercial, dated Cumberland Gap, Aug. 19th, says:

‘ "This place is completely surrounded by the enemy. His pickets are within four miles of the Gap, and extend entirely across the mountain. He is 20,000 strong in front, and reinforcements are still arriving from Knoxville. A heavy force has gone through Big Creek and Rogers's Gap. Capt. Martin's company of cavalry, sent out to watch those Gaps, was suddenly attacked by Ashby's cavalry, six hundred strong, and was out to pieces or scattered to the winds.--Out of eight men, but fifteen or twenty have come in. Col. Houck, of the 5th Tennessee, stationed at London, is probably cut off. The enemy expect to starve us out, but Morgan will neither evacuate nor surrender. Supplies are now entirely cut off, and sad disaster will come if the road to Lexington is not promptly cleared."

’ The latest intelligence from Cumberland Gap represents that Gen. Morgan is in no immediate danger. He had provisions and forage enough to last him thirty days. He had repulsed a large force of the rebels on the Tennessee side, and no doubt was entertained that he could hold the position until assistance arrived. This assistance was being rapidly hurried forward.

The rebel emissary who passed through Buffalo a day or two ago, supposed to be Wm. L. Yancey, turns out to be no more important a personage than Geo. N. Sanders. He sailed in the steamship Jura from Quebec on Saturday.

The citizens of Fairmont, Clarksburg, Mannington, and other points in Western Virginia, have been greatly exercised of late, lest the guerrillas might make a dash upon them, Gen. Kelly having drawn off the troops stationed there to meet Gen. Imbader who was moving up from Pendleton will a rebel force.

It is believed that great numbers of the Maryland Secessionists have crossed the Potomac into Virginia, to join the rebel service, since the promulgation of the order for the draft. It is asserted that an entire company of cavalry left Montgomery county, on the Upper Potomac, last week, and that squads are constantly moving. It is perhaps, easier to fight these men in Virginia than in Maryland.

Desponding view of Affairs out West.

The correspondent of the Chicago Times, writing from Memphis, gives the following gloomy summary of Federal affairs in the West:

Arkansas is being overrun by strong guerrilla bands. Hindman has collected a force of twenty-five or thirty thousand, and there are almost as many more ranging the country for spoils. There have been a number of skirmishes, of which nobody seems to have the right accounts, and nothing is know except that strong Federal expeditions have been attacked and overpowered, and that a large number of prisoners and valuable stores have been taken from us. There will probably be some important movements in that locality before long.

A good deal has been said in connection with the Vicksburg affair, about sending troops there and reducing the place by a siege. This is all very well for those who know nothing of the climate and the country; but they who have been there are keenly alive to the merits of that campaign. None have ventured it and come off unscathed. Our flotilla is full of wan countenances, and death has been among its brave men to an alarming extent. Officers and men have both suffered. The former have been seriously ill, and the latter have died like rotten sheep. The soldier fared no better, and some of the regiments went back with almost decimated ranks. This is the true history of the siege of Vicksburg.

The Yazoo river was fitly named by the red-skins hunters who traversed its tortuous channel in days gone by. Yazoo — Death river. What could be more significant? Their symbolical language never falls them, and in this instance it was well applied; for, if it be not a river of death, then none exist. Old settlers tell-me that no man can drink its water in the hot season and live longer than a few months. It is impregnated with such rank vegetable matter, gathered from the tropical luxuriance which borders its banks and those of its tributaries, that its water is conveyed into slow poison, which is sure to destroy human life. If you would find a counterpart to its sombre shades and its stained, murky waters, you must go into the depth of swamps, which it drains, and look upon the green scum and crawling reptiles who shun the sunlight and breed pestilence and death alone.--The simple substance of it is, that an army of twenty-five thousand men would find their graves between now and the first of October without ever facing an enemy. The flotilla has already accomplished its destiny in that line, and, if an army is to be maintained anywhere in that locality it must be removed from the river and provided with pure water — and you might dig until you lost day light in that red-hot soil, and not find enough to wet the palm of the hand.

I suppose by this time you have undergone various surmises in regard to the northern trip which Com. Davis and Gen. Curtis are making. The precise reason for their pilgrimage to the seat of authority are not known, but the nature of their derelictions is public enough. Davis proved himself an infant in conception, and an imbecile in execution, from the moment he left Memphis to besiege Vicksburg until he came away with the indelible disgrace of having been whipped and bullied by the Arkansas into abject submission. The fear of losing a vessel was strong enough to overcome the hope of glory, and there was nothing but folding of hands and crossing of arms. The results of the expedition were these: Gained — nothing. Lost — the Carondolet shot to pieces, the Louisville disabled, the Benton riddled, the Tyler demolished, the Essex and Sumter thrown away, and the rams Lancaster and Queen sent into dry docks for weeks. The loss of the Essex alone to the river flotilla is irreparable. She has been under reconstruction for six months, and has cost a mint of money, and on her first trip she was cut off and compelled to go to New Orleans. The gunboat flotilla is actually ruined, and we shall know it to our sorrow before sixty days pass over our heads.

Gen. Curtis has made himself conspicuous in two or three ways. The unlicensed system which governed his movements in Arkansas has brought misery to thousands of unprotected families, and a corresponding degree of obloquy to the Union cause. He was of course compelled to subsist upon the country through which he passed, but that was no reason why houses should be despoiled and burned, innocent white women outraged, and black ones converted into the instruments of a promiscuous harborage which it would be hard to find a parallel for. These performances were the work of stragglers and unknown persons, and should not be charged to the main army; but the cause will be made to father it all, and the commander must be held responsible. He should have prevented such discreditable occurrences.

Seizure of rebel notes.

Indianapolis, August 23.
--John N. Garrett, formerly a resident of this city, was arrested last night, having in his possession three hundred and twenty-five dollars in Confederate notes. Garrett held a receipt from Adams's Express for three hundred and seventy-five dollars in money sent to him by R. D. Ramsay, of Philadelphia.

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